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Babbeling Brook


ICYMI: Every day this week I’m highlighting at least one gift idea you can nab at the last minute across Canada. Today’s featured brand is all about broadening your horizons by learning a new language.

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What It Is: Is someone in your life traveling in the New Year? Are they moving to a new country? Do they need to learn a new language or are they looking to brush up on one from their childhood? Whatever the case may be, Babbel has got you covered! This award-winning app allows you to learn the language of your choice on the go, with accessibility on your desktop and mobile devices that picks up seamlessly between devices. Currently you can learn 14 different languages – including common picks like French and Spanish and more exotic options like Turkish or Indonesian.

Not only is the platform super accessible, it’s set up in 10-20 minute bite-sized lessons that can be done daily without overwhelming your already jam-packed life. It even incorporates review lessons to ensure you’re retaining information after you’ve learned it. You can even tailor which lessons you take based on what you’re most interested in – from business to travel to everything in between. Speak a new language with confidence and a true understanding with this unique app. It makes a fab gift idea – currently gift cards aren’t available but you can always offer to pay for it when a loved one signs up, or sign up yourself and then transfer the account to your recipient. J’adore!

Who It’s For: Your sibling that’s spending a semester abroad. Your parents that are going on a multi-month trip. Your spouse that’s branching out with new business opportunities in a foreign market. Your bestie that’s challenging themselves to learn a new language as their New Year’s Resolution.

What It Costs: A one-year subscription is $170 – or just $14 a month!

Where It’s At: You can learn more about Babbel on their website (and take a sample exercise for a spin), or download it on the App or Google Play Store.

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CONTEST ALERT! I am delighted to be offering up a one-year subscription to Babbel to one of my lucky readers. Want to enter to win it? Here’s how to enter:

 

1) Heads up: you must be a subscriber to the Canadian Gift Guide to enter this giveaway. It’s as simple as finding ‘The Gift of Gab’ box in the righthand column and dropping in your email or clicking follow. Then leave a comment by January 3, 2017 telling me which language you’d like to learn (hint: check the Babbel website for all your options!)

2) Entries are limited to one per person / per email address / per household (or more if you score bonus entries). A random draw will be conducted on or around January 4, 2017 to select the winner, who will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen in their place.

3) Entries are limited to Canadians that have reached the age of majority in their province. Quebec is not eligible to participate in this promotion.

4) Bonus Entry: Follow Babbel on Twitter and send out a Tweet tagging them + me (@cdngiftguide) that promotes this giveaway and links back to this post! Leave a link to your Tweet in a separate comment below.

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127 Responses to “Babbeling Brook”
  1. DebP says:

    Subscriber by email. I’d like to learn Polish, since my daughter-in-law is from Poland. Her English is better than most people I know, but I’d like to be better able to communicate with her parents.

  2. katydidit21 says:

    I would like to learn Spanish or polish up my French.

  3. aketch says:

    I’d like to improve my French. It has really dropped off since high school.

  4. Wanda Bee says:

    I am a subscriber. I would love to learn French.

  5. Debra says:

    I would like to learn Spanish and renew my French.

  6. veronica mallozzi says:

    Italian and Spanish

  7. Leah says:

    Going to Paris in July – need to learn French!

  8. Alyssa says:

    French. My brother speaks it fluently and it’s a beautiful language!

  9. Italian since I love the country

  10. Dominic cloutier says:

    I’d love to learn Arabic! I have a friend who’s trying to learn Spanish though, so this time of year it’s hard to justify keeping it for myself

  11. Linda Webster says:

    I would like to learn French.

  12. Judy Barrick says:

    I will be traveling and would love to brush up on my German.

  13. carrie l says:

    german

  14. Lucretia Flemming says:

    Spanish – ahhhhhhh…

  15. queendar says:

    Frankly I would love to learn Swahili because it’s such a lovely, fun language, but I think Spanish or German would be more practical!

  16. debra says:

    french and spanish

  17. Gigi says:

    I’d love to learn more French so I could converse in French with my bilingual daughter.

  18. Jolene Fleming says:

    I’d love to learn Spanish to be able to speak with my neighbours:).

  19. Kelly H says:

    I would love to learn spanish, or maybe brush up on my french

  20. Barry Kazimer says:

    I’d like to learn French.

  21. Audrey A says:

    I’d love to learn Italian as I’d like to visit there and would love to immerse myself in the Italian culture – learning the language would really help.

  22. Jason Kinnin says:

    Spanish

  23. Jessica L says:

    I would love to learn german

  24. Lindsay M. says:

    I would like to brush up on my Russian

  25. Anne Derkat says:

    I would love to win this for my granddaughter who is a world traveler and loves to go to exotic places and I’m sure she would really find this useful. Not sure wicht language she would need next.

  26. booksnwine says:

    I would like to learn Spanish- 1) so I can speak to my Spanish friend in her native language 2) To help with an upcoming Spanish course that I’ll be taking and 3) To get around easier when in Mexico

  27. booksnwine says:

    I tweeted this contest : ) @CatAteMyDogma

    “Babbel learn a language contest! Woo! Enter now!!
    https://canadiangiftguide.com/2016/12/20/babbeling-brook/
    @babbel @cdngiftguide”

  28. intensev5 says:

    spanish

  29. CLC says:

    I’d like to learn Spanish.

  30. Lori P. says:

    I’d like to become fluent in French.

  31. Courtney A says:

    I’ve always wanted to learn Spanish! I started teaching myself for a while, but haven’t for a while!

  32. Constantine says:

    French or Spanish.

  33. Tainan Lu says:

    I would like to learn French.

  34. Milly says:

    Norwegian or French

  35. Calvin F. says:

    I would learn french

  36. js27joseph says:

    I would like to learn french.

  37. ginafleury says:

    I would like to learn spanish.

  38. aimee says:

    Spanish! My husband and I were just talking about starting in the new year.

  39. Pam Clark says:

    I would love to learn French. When I was in high school everyone took French, but for some reason my Dad decided I should learn Latin! (Such a useful language)

  40. cheryl mclellan says:

    I’d love to learn Italian!

  41. Mary Pate says:

    Espanol! I’d love to learn Spanish.

  42. Toks W says:

    I’d love to learn German.

  43. Ruth Kazimer says:

    I would love to learn French.

  44. Brittany Langstaff says:

    Spanish

  45. Pat E. says:

    I’d like to learn Spanish so I can get along better in Mexico

  46. Lori Olson says:

    I would like to learn Spanish or Indonesian.

  47. Joanne Lu says:

    I would love to learn Spanish because my closest friends are all native Spanish speakers and I want to be able to speak the language when I go travelling with them to South America.

  48. Julia H says:

    I’m already a subscriber. French, for sure! I studied it as an adult, at night class, many years ago, and I wanted so much to learn to be fluent…finished all my studies, got a chance to practice in France and Quebec, but….but, that was all many, many years ago and I’ve lost or forogtten so much of it, plus I was never able to become fully fluent. I would so love something like this, that could help me get back into it and become a better speaker.

  49. Victoria M says:

    Definitely Norweigan. Our cousins visit every year from Oslo, and I’ve mastered counting 1-10 and please and thank you, but would love to surprise them and be able to have a full conversation in Norwegan rather than English next summer!

  50. Grace says:

    I’ve like to learn Spanish or brush up on my French!

  51. elldubbs says:

    I would really like to be fluent in French.

  52. ERNIIE says:

    ITS TIME FOR ME TO GET BETTER AT SPANISH AS I GO THERE ON VACATION EVERY YEAR….

  53. Caroline Archer says:

    I would love to improve on my French 🙂

  54. Nicole B says:

    I would either do French so I could catch up to the kids or Portuguese so I can talk more with my inlaws in their own language. Hard call!

  55. Victoria Ess says:

    I would like to learn Spanish

  56. Rick Wilson says:

    Would love to perfect the French language.

  57. Mary Friedt says:

    I’d like to learn German or French. I wish I would have paid more attention in French class when I was a student.

  58. Lori says:

    I’d like to converse in French

  59. Carrie-Anne DeCaprio says:

    I would like to learn Japanese

  60. Susan Hughes says:

    I would love to leave Spanish. Such a beautiful language

  61. Sammyantha says:

    I would love to learn German

  62. Jennifer says:

    I would love to learn German or French. Or Russian……….

  63. Holly says:

    I’d love to learn Italian!

  64. Ann Gulyas says:

    Great win,would like to learn Spanish or brush up on my Hungarian

  65. Margaret H says:

    I would to learn Spanish

  66. bkick1 says:

    I would love to learn Italian.

  67. M Liz Beisel says:

    Spanish please!!

  68. akbulbeck says:

    I would like to learn more French to keep up with my daughter.

  69. Denae Boucher says:

    I’d love to improve my French and learn some Spanish.

  70. Ashley B says:

    I want to learn German!

  71. Renee Lacasse says:

    I would like to learn Spanish

  72. wawi says:

    I’ve been wanting to learn Spanish for years!!

  73. Karen Williams says:

    Spanish would be useful, although I lived in Japan for awhile and it would be nice to brush up on that. But then my parents speak German so that would be helpful as well. So many choice.

  74. Lynn M says:

    My first choice would be Spanish followed closely by German.

  75. Robin Reid says:

    I would love to learn Spanish

  76. Stephanie Moore says:

    Always wanted to learn Spanish – it is such a beautiful language!

  77. Erin Lewis says:

    I would love to learn Spanish.

  78. Rhonda C says:

    I took a quick Spanish class years ago and would LOVE to take this year long subscription course of SPANISH.

  79. Lisa Marshall says:

    I would love to learn to speak German!

  80. LINDA S. says:

    I have been wanting to learn Spanish for a long time.

  81. Ed Marth says:

    I WANT TO LEARN PORTUGUESE.

  82. Carla says:

    I’m an email subscriber and would love to learn Spanish!

  83. Linda says:

    I would like to keep up my French. This would help.

  84. Mike Flaman says:

    Subscribed via email. German please.

  85. Donna F Doyle says:

    I would like to learn Spanish.

  86. dabrowne says:

    I would like to learn Spanish, so I can speak to my neighbors.

  87. Elaine Buonsante says:

    It would be Italian…my husband and I are visiting his family in Italy next year and I need to brush up on the language.

  88. Deborah Coghill says:

    I like to learn and an interested in languges

  89. Theresa C. says:

    I’d love to learn Norwegian, so I could travel to Norway and meet my Viking cousins!

  90. Stephen says:

    I love to learn indonesian

  91. Jacqueline Larter says:

    I would love to learn Dutch as this is my family on my father’s side native language.

  92. diane says:

    I’d like to learn French.

  93. Angelie Essiembre says:

    I’d love to learn Russian. Thank you so much!! Merry Christmas.

  94. Angelie Essiembre says:

    Extra entry on Twitter:

  95. Angela Eagle says:

    I’d like to learn the other official language of my country French

  96. Angela Eagle says:

  97. Kim K says:

    My hubby’s family is from the Netherlands, so I would be interested in learning Dutch

  98. Susan says:

    I would like to learn/refresh my French. My granddaughter is in French First Language and I would like to be able to converse with her en francais.

  99. Megan Young says:

    French

  100. Jon Buncombe says:

    I would like to learn Spanish

  101. Tracy Morin says:

    I would love to learn to speak Spanish! We are hoping to get back to Cuba sometime soon.

  102. Tracy Morin says:

  103. Lisa S says:

    I would brush up on my French and then learn German!

  104. Emma says:

    I would love to learn French. There are so many job opportunities near where I live that require French as a first or second language. It would open up a new employment world for me.

  105. Lori Sexton says:

    I would like to learn Spanish.

  106. julia g says:

    I would like to learn Italian, and brush up on my French and Spanish.

  107. Julia M. says:

    I would love to learn French!

  108. Ashley Stevens says:

    I would like to learn Spanish

  109. I would love to learn Italian! I’m going to Italy in September.. on a walking tour of Tuscany and Umbria… would be great to know the local lingo.

  110. DebH says:

    I’m a subscriber Would like to learn Italian French or Dutch.

  111. Rose Holloway says:

    I would love to learn Spanish and French

  112. Walter Ramsundar says:

    I would like to learn Spanish

  113. Amy Doyle says:

    Portuguese as I am trying to learn it to complete my Masters in Brazilian History 🙂

  114. Kat says:

    I would love to learn Spanish

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